Only in Chicago does the phrase "cruising on LSD" not raise concern. The abbreviation "LSD" stands for Lake Shore Drive, a stretch of road that hugs up against the city's eastern most border, separating our sprawling metropolis from Lake Michigan. Running from Edgewater to Jackson Park, the expressway offers breathtaking views of the skyline, notable institutions and—of course—aqua-hued waters.
One of the undeniable draws of living in Chicago is that you don't actually need a car to get around—the city's vast public transportation system can ferry you from one side of the city to the other in no time. But even the most devoted city-dweller sometimes craves the opportunity to get behind the wheel and cruise through the city or go on a roadtrip with the help of four wheels and an engine. When you must scratch that itch, consider these scenic drives one of the best things to do in Chicago as well as an opportunity to explore beyond your neighborhood. These roadways will take you through Chicago parks, along the lakefront and through the heart of the city. Buckle up and hit the road on these scenic drives in Chicago.
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